Local law enforcement agencies refer non-detained juvenile offender cases for evaluation of the circumstances of the offense. Minor’s who allegedly commit offenses for which they are detained are also evaluated. Upon further investigation of the offense, the Probation Officer may refer the action to the District Attorney’s Office to file a petition. The minor may be eligible for diversion and enter into contract with the Police Department or Informal Probation within the Probation Department prior to the filing of a petition. Should the minor fail at Informal Probation, the Probation Officer may request the District Attorney’s Office take action by filing a petition.
Written and oral probation reports are prepared by the Probation Officer for the Napa County Juvenile Court, which contain criminal and social history information, victim information, and recommended dispositions as mandated by the Welfare and Institutions Code. The Juvenile Court Unit is staffed by five probation officers who conduct the investigations. During 2006, the unit produced 480 disposition reports and recommendations.
Juvenile Probation Supervision provides various levels of supervision that are based on several factors including: Protection of the community; a risk/needs assessment; out-of-home placements; and, amenability to rehabilitation. There are several levels of supervision of Court Wards including general supervision, intensive supervision in the office and in the field, placement of juveniles in camps, ranches, foster care, and group homes. The Juvenile Supervision Units collaborate with the Napa County Health and Human Services Department in the supervision and placement of selected cases wherein mental health issues are a major factor. The supervision units also collaborate with other community and government agencies such as Juvenile Drug Court, Wolfe Center and Aldea Inc.
Information on new legislation SB-1038 Juvenile dismissal of petition